Mining Safety

Safety has long been a controversial issue in the mining business especially with sub-surface mining. While mining today is substantially safer than it was in the previous decades, mining accidents are often very high profile, such as the Quecreek Mine Rescue saving 9 trapped Pennsylvania coal miners in 2002. The Courrières mine disaster, Europe's worst mining accident, caused the death of 1,099 miners (including many children) in Northern France on 10 March 1906. It seems that this disaster was surpassed only by the Benxihu Colliery accident in China on April 26, 1942, which killed 1,549 miners. In India, the Directorate General of Mines Safety (DGMS), is the regulatory agency for safety in mines. The mission of the DGMS is to continually improve safety and health standards, practices and performance in the mining industry by implementing- 1. pro-active safety and health strategies; 2. continuous improvement of processes; 3. effective use of resources; 4. commitment and professional behaviour in its personnel. Mining is very important for the growth of our economy and therefore all efforts should be made to make the mining activity totally safe for the workers. Thus an adequate investment in the safety measures needs to be advocated. Safety has long been a controversial issue in the mining business especially with sub-surface mining. While mining today is substantially safer than it was in the previous decades, mining accidents are often very high profile.